Operating in the East Coast of North America and the Caribbean
Originally from Georgia, Forrest holds a 1600-ton U.S. Coast Guard Open Ocean License, the equivalent of the UK’s 3000- on Master’s License. He has been cruising the waters of the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast for more than thirty years,and takes great pleasure in showing guests his favorite destinations. An excellent teacher, he will be happy to offer you the helm, explain how celestial navigation works, or show you how to take a sextant reading.
Widely experienced in yachting, Forrest previously managed a small marina and boatyard. He is a PADI open water diver as well as a skilled windsurfer, kayaker, and former water skiing instructor. His dedication to fishing means you are almost guaranteed some fresh mahi mahi or tuna during your cruise.
Bowen has a love for classic wooden boats and has completed several extensive refits over the years. He graduated from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in 2012 with a masters in International Policy and a minor in Russian language. He is very outgoing and enjoys traveling to international countries.
MELINKA accommodates 6 guests in 3 en suite cabins.
The master cabin has 2 single beds 80" long -- one port, one starboard, plus en suite shower and head.
Port and starboard midship guest cabins have upper / lower single beds 77" long and ensuite heads and showers.
MELINKA is fully air conditioned through out.
Crew quarters are forward with separate companionway. Crew have own head and shower.
Richard from Cruising Club of America.
I just had the privilege of completing a two week charter aboard Melinka in the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean with my daughter and Brian McNally's daughter. In my years of sailing on charter boats both in the U.S. and abroad the experience aboard Melinka stands out as pure
Captain Forrest Shropshire, his first hand Jace and Joanna Walls, cook and second mate kept Melinka superbly and responded to requests with skill and courtesy. I have never had a more satisfying experience in 50 years of chartering crewed yachts here and abroad.
My friend of many years, Brian McNally, who chartered Melinka left the cruise early. The cockpit layout of Melinka was not compatible with his physical disabilities.
Feed back from Sarah:
My charter trip aboard Melinka over Christmas 2015 was a dream come true for my 87 year old Dad and me. Melinka sails like a dream, and her crew is skillful and attentive. If you like to sail and love classic yachts, you will be delighted by sailing aboard Melinka.
I found Forrest to be a skillful and capable Captain who runs a first class operation with a skillful and jolly crew.
Joanna's cooking was gourmet and healthy, much of it prepared in the galley, going to windward at 7-10 knots. We were steadily surprised and delighted by the delicious food and attentive crew.
The sailing adventure was fantastic!! We can't wait for our next adventure!!
You did a GREAT job.
- Caribbean Charter guests,